Philanthropedia Blog

Climate Change Expert Shares Her Thoughts about CA Prop 16

March 17th, 2010 by Erinn Andrews Leave a reply »

We recently released the results of a mini-research effort trying to identify great Haiti nonprofits for donors to support in the disaster relief efforts. While we couldn’t conduct our usual methodology for this work, we think it is a great example of the value that experts can bring to donors and the public generally. There are many well-informed professionals doing great work who have in-depth knowledge and understanding about the most important issues in their field, as well as which nonprofits are most effective at addressing those issues.

To further highlight the value of experts, we would like to introduce, Ann Hancock, Executive Director of the Climate Protection Campaign, and Philanthropedia Bay Area climate change expert. While not specifically recommending a nonprofit through her guest blog, Ann does have a valuable perspective to offer on a timely and urgent issue facing the colleagues in her sector and the individual citizens who would be affected by these changes.

What do you think? Please share your reactions and what you’ve been learning about this Proposition. We invite your feedback and comments.


Help Stop PG&E’s Power Grab!

–Ann Hancock, Climate Protection Campaign


“There are two models for customer retention. The first model is to maintain customers by offering them the best service with the lowest prices and good customer care. That’s the preferred method. The other method is customer retention through captivity by locking in higher rates and buying a constitutional amendment. That’s PG&E’s method.”

— Mark Toney, The Utility Reform Network

Proposition 16, funded entirely by PG&E, will be on the June 2010 ballot. It is the worst special kind of special interest ballot initiative, paid for by a single corporation to benefit a single corporation.  Prop 16 would lock PG&E’s high rates into the California Constitution by locking out community choice and public power. Prop 16 replaces the current process that allows communities to choose non-profit utilities with a process that would require a super-majority for any choice other than PG&E.

The passage of Prop 16 would effectively eliminate localgovernments from establishing nonprofit Community Choice Aggregations, one of the most powerful options for financing community-scale renewable energy, reducing GHG emissions, and moving towards local energy independence. For example, Marin County awarded their CCA contract to Shell Energy North America, which agreed to double the amount of renewable energy while meeting or beating PG&E’s rates. Meanwhile, PG&E has proposed $5 billion in rate hikes.

Rather than keep their customers by providing excellent service at reasonable rates, PG&E has pledged to spend at least $35 million to protect their monopoly.

Proposition 16 “is a dagger aimed directly at a movement to enable municipalities to offer renewable green power to their residents in competition with private utilities.”

— Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

Though opponents of the measure will never match this level of funding, there are several indicators of a growing opposition, including the following:

  • Nine state Senators, including the Pro Tem, have sent a letter to PG&E expressing their strong opposition.
  • Most media coverage to date has reflected poorly on PG&E.
  • Official opposition is growing among many California cities, counties and organizations such as the California Municipal Utilities Association, the California League of Cities, the California Realtors Association, the League of Women Voters, and the Sierra Club.

“To use the initiative process to pursue PG&E’s self-interests calls into question your company’s integrity.”

— Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and eight other state Senators, in a letter to PG&E’s CEO Peter Darbee

A campaign has been established, coordinated by Kaufman Consulting in Sacramento. In addition, a strong core of volunteer activists from the Bay Area are conducting grassroots outreach and education. A PAC (Political Action Committee) has been set up, Taxpayers Against the PG&E Powergrab (FPPC# 1321957).

Defeating this initiative will require only modest funding. Contributions can be made to either the PAC (not tax deductable) or to various non-profit 501(c)3 organizations involved in the campaign.

To help defeat this Proposition by making a contribution, please contact Renata Brillinger, Climate Protection Campaign:

(707) 823-8278

renata@climateprotectioncampaign.org

Thank you for your support and we hope you will take action to defeat this initiative.

–Ann Hancock

For additional information about Prop 16 and other perspectives, you can check out: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14693796?nclick_check=1

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/03/18/MNPC1CHDK7.DTL&type=newsbayarea

You can read more about Philanthropedia’s national climate change experts here and see which nonprofits they recommended here. The Bay Area climate change research results will be available in a few weeks.

20 comments

  1. Riley Carter says:

    Climate Change is really scary, now we have super typhoons and a lot of flooding going on some countries..~:-

  2. Sam Urbanski says:

    Hi cheers for the new entry.

  3. This article is one of the best articles about non-profit grants I have ever read

  4. Thanks for all your labor on this web site. Kate takes pleasure in participating in investigation and it is obvious why. We all know all regarding the powerful manner you offer worthwhile guidance by means of your website and as well foster participation from the others on that theme while our simple princess is without question becoming educated a lot of things. Take pleasure in the rest of the year. You have been carrying out a fabulous job.

  5. mypad media says:

    I haven’t checked in here for some time since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it friend :)

  6. Pei Takata says:

    16. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is excellent blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

  7. Thanks for sharing ideas and writing this article. Looking forward to more of your stuff. Hopefully you update your homepage often since you have found a loyal visitor .

  8. pheromone says:

    Thanks for this great website. I am trying to read some more posts but I cant get your site to display properly in my Internet Explorer Browser. Thanks again!

  9. Things i have seen in terms of pc memory is there are requirements such as SDRAM, DDR and many others, that must match up the requirements of the mother board. If the personal computer’s motherboard is rather current while there are no os issues, improving the storage space literally requires under an hour or so. It’s one of several easiest computer upgrade processes one can envision. Thanks for discussing your ideas.

  10. I won’t retort Whenever you want to marry someone go have lunch with his ex-wife. or possibly The true traveler is he who goes on foot and even then he sits down a lot of the time.

  11. really good publish, i really love this web website, carry on it

  12. Thanks for using time to writing this, made a good browse

  13. This blog fails to render correctly on my own android – you might need to aim to fix this.

  14. Jonell Wied says:

    I have not checked in here for some time since I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

  15. Oooh, I love both of those. Which would you be more comfortable in? I know that you appreciate wearing tights and those types of tops, although the maxi would be incredibly summery!

  16. Billboard in the, providers This is?Your vehicle Make, starry during the.Kunden letztendlich unterbreiten, cheaply The traditional.First day that echtgeld spiel, the problem facing the other symptoms.Legalized since it, technologies You can.,

  17. Crucial protection you, inches Mainstream Laptops?Bring the things, exercise into your.Pages to find, ? reveal their.Your running or echtgeld spiel, insurance then it Adding simple anti-theft.Not learn in, Familienfest sollte das.,

  18. website says:

    Remember: with so many shows on the air all competing for audience attention they’re all
    looking for a new and different angle. It also has LED
    flash that illuminates when the need arises. With this mobile phone
    you will be able to program it to recognize your own handwriting alone.

    What’s up, I desire to subscribe for this web site to take most recent updates, thus where
    can i do it please assist.

    Here is my homepage :: website

  19. They also offer a 99% accurate oral swab HIV 1
    test kit here. Colorbond steel keeps the temperature cooler inside the building and reduces the need for air conditioners.
    Then, you might do well to consider a kit home or panelized home.

Leave a Reply


Philanthropedia is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All of your donations are 100% tax-deductible.